Govt eyes COVID-19 vaccination soon for minors outside Metro Manila

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 20) — The government is aiming to soon vaccinate minors against COVID-19 in areas outside Metro Manila, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said Wednesday.

“After next week, dun naman tayo sa ating mga [we’ll focus on our] regional hubs,” Galvez said in a press conference.

The government started its pilot run of COVID-19 immunization for minors with comorbidities in eight hospitals in the capital region on Oct. 15. More medical facilities in Metro Manila will serve as vaccination sites by Friday.

“By Friday, that’s Oct. 22, we will open up some sort of another pilot [test in] different LGUs (local government units),” Galvez said.

“We are trying to convince the NITAG (National Immunization Technical Advisory Group) to make this more accelerated, considering that in opening up our vaccination [program] for children, we can achieve 1.5 million per day jab,” he added.

Only four of 1,509 minors who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine experienced side effects, the Department of Health said Monday. The adverse reactions were mild and they were resolved immediately, the department added.